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with the secretary. >>> of course less than three hours from now, senator john kerry will be in a nomination hearing for secretary of state. hillary clinton is expected to introduce kerry to the senate committee. president obama picked kerry to succeed clinton after susan rice withdrew her name. soledad. >> john, thanks. >>> an historic announcement happening later today. women will be allowed on the front lines of war. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and the joint chiefs chairman martin dempsey are set to make the announcement at 1:30 this afternoon. many former service members support the move and say women in support missions have already been drawn into battles in places like iraq and afghanistan and they don't have physical front lines anymore. some serve as military police, others have gone on patrols with ground troops in order to talk to afghan women and children. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is following these developments for us this morning. where is the major opposition to this coming from, barbara? >> reporter: well, good morning, soledad. there are some groups that are
it will be her last official substantive responsibility as a secretary of state, john kerry, who is recusing himself. he has his own confirmation hearings tomorrow. he will not be participating today, he will be grilled and questioned tomorrow. so, this will be an opportunity for her to leave on a high note, if you will, and knowing her for 20 years, i think she will do a very impressive job. >> wolf, isn't it also important that she establish clarity? the last thing the administration wants is for there to be more questions, did she answer everything, she must be as clear as possible on everything that happened. >> yes, she is a lawyer, a former senator, former first lady, seblg tear of state, extremely smart. she always goes in very well prepared. she has her answers, i don't think she is going to be surprised. i think she will probably be very impressive, and given the health problems she had in recent week that's were very serious, i think she will leave the office on a high note. that's just my sense. >> it will be interesting to watch this testimony, wolf and dana. wolf is back in abou
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